BY BLAKE HEMPSTEAD
A decision made by Anaconda-Deer Lodge County CEO Connie Ternes Daniels today will shut down Fourth of July fireworks celebrations throughout Deer Lodge County.
Starting at 12:01 a.m. on July 3, the county has issued a ban on selling or use of recreational fireworks by the public. The primary reason for the ban according to a county-issued press release was due to new information from the National Weather Service.
Some changes surround the annual Relay For Life event from year’s past, all of which were made in order to encompass more of the community in an attempt to increase participation.
This year the event will move from Mitchell Stadium to the Kennedy Common, beginning with team registration and the survivor luncheon at 1 p.m.
The opening ceremonies will begin at 2 p.m. on the main stage and will be followed by several fun activities until 9 p.m. Luminarias will be on sale at the event with a last call set for 7:30 p.m. Luminarias will be lit during the ceremony from 9:30-10:30 around the infield sidewalks and accompanied by a remembrance of those who have been affected by cancer.
Closing ceremonies will take place at midnight.
For more information on how to take part in the event, silent auction, 50/50, raffles or to purchase a Luminaria, please stop by the registration tent for more information.
Click on the link below for a full list of events.
2015 ceremonies and activities
The uber popular mud run has made its way to Anaconda.
The Dirty 30 Family Mud Run to benefit Kiwanis of Anaconda will be held at 1633 North Cable Rd. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30.
Registration begins at 1o a.m. at the site. Food, refreshments and adult beverages will be available for purchase on site as well.
Cost for participation is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $40 for a family of four or a team of six for $100, and ages 8-and-under are free.
You can also sign up online at runsignup.com/race/mt/anaconda or follow on Facebook here
Rosters are available for Co-Ed, Women’s and Mens ASA softball teams for play in Anaconda.
Co Ed league play will begin Monday May 18. The Men’s and Women’s leagues won’t start until Thursday May 28 due to the Class A State Tournament being played the week prior.
Players must be going into a freshman in high school to participate in any of the programs. To obtain a roster contact ASA District Commissioner Bill Hill at 560-1197.
Often called The Real Forrest Gump, Robert Sweetgall walked across America 7 times and is the only person to have walked through all 50 states (11,208 miles) in 365 consecutive days. Sweetgall has also walked across Montana twice – Lookout Pass to Baker and Baker to Lookout Pass (both winter treks). Now, he will be in Anaconda giving his world-renown advice for better health through exercise.
The Montana State University Extension Service of Anaconda -Deer Lodge County and community partners are pleased to present Robert Sweetgall on April 8 to speak on Brain & Heart Health and to inspire school administrators, teachers, seniors, health advocates and the community at large to walk and move more for healthier brains, hearts and overall well-being.
Robert Sweetgall’s first presentation at the Old Works Golf Course on April 8 (7-7:45 a.m. breakfast for school teams and administrators and 8-10 a.m. wellness workshop for school teams) will focus on simple, sustainable, no-cost ways to incorporate more movement into school days at the k-12 level to improve fitness, focus, brainpower, test scores, behavior, health and happiness.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights I saw from today’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration going on in Anaconda.
First, here’s a short video taken after the parade at the AOH Hall featuring Anaconda’s Bagpipers.
(If the video doesn’t automatically load, click HERE for the direct YouTube link)
The Bagpipers march in the 2015 parade
The Anaconda LAOH Washerwomen make their annual appearance in the parade.
Grace Mehrens rides in the Grand Marshall float in place of her dad, Bob Mehrens, who was walking the parade route.
Bob Mehrens was named the 2015 Anaconda St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshall.
Kim Jones took time out of her busy day to hold the sign for the Bagpipers.
Anaconda American Legion Post No. 21 member Art Ellison presents the American Flag during the parade.
Ralph Villa presents the Montana Flag for Post No. 21
A view from Cherry St. west up Park Ave. with Garrity Mountain in the background.
The Little Ashlings throw candy out for the parade goers.
BJ Bjornemo totes two pounds of candy through the streets of Anaconda for kids along the route.
Bagpiper Peter Lorello.
Phil Watt of Post No. 21
The Little Ashlings perform for Lincoln Elementary Tuesday morning
The Little Ashlings perform for FMMS Tuesday morning
Proud dad alert: Justine of the Little Ashlings gets some air at FMMS, even sticks her tongue out like His Airness!
Joe Strelnik beats the snare drum for the Bagpipers after the parade at the AOH Hall.
Racers Reece Connors, left, his father Ken Connors and Butte’s Richie O’Brien finish the 2015 Anaconda AOH-Locker Room St. Pat’s Race Saturday afternoon.
BY BLAKE HEMPSTEAD
According to the final numbers, 658 of the 821 registered participants in the 3- or 6-mile AOH-Locker Room St. Pat’s Race completed the event under unseasonably warm but windy conditions Saturday afternoon in Anaconda.
Those totals, however, pale in comparison to the numbers who actually partake in the event.
Runners from ages 1 to those well into their 70s and beyond competed in the race – some crossing the line on their own accord or by being pushed in strollers decorated in St. Patrick’s Day flare – adding another historical run into the books for the Anaconda Hibernians.
BY BLAKE HEMPSTEAD
A love of storytelling, journalism and cinema — not to mention a friendship which has blossomed from the halls of Anaconda High to the beautiful campus of University of Montana — has led to a unique venture through some of the most historic and pristine places in Montana.
Anaconda’s own Brin Merkley and Henry Hawkins have joined forces with others to create a one-of-a-kind experience involving travels through some of Montana’s outdoors destinations in a production called “Between The Parks“ — a YouTube series of short films created by Epic Montana dedicated to highlight some of the most unique and awe-inspiring travel stops beneath the Big Sky.
Merkley and Hawkins during one of the shoots for Between The Parks for Epic Montana. COURTESY PHOTO
Plan on seeing many more of these signs showing the now officially public Modesty Creek Road northwest of Anaconda. PHOTO BY BLAKE HEMPSTEAD
BY BLAKE HEMPSTEAD
Following a tenuous wait for verdict by Butte District Judge Kurt Krueger since May, local sportsmen can breathe a sigh of relief — Modest Creek has been returned to the people.
On Tuesday, Krueger ruled the Modesty Creek drainage is to be dedicated for public use, effectively removing the stranglehold landowner and multimillionaire Elijah Letica had on the questioned parcel.
Starting Friday at noon on KANA 580 AM and kana580.com, Northwestern Outdoors Radio will tackle some topics important to many outdoorsmen.
With elections coming up soon we bring Alan Gottlieb with the group, “Protect our Gun Rights” on board to break down two opposing ballot initiatives in Washington State that may have a big impact on gun ownership.
On the Conservation front Kat Brigham with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission joins us to share some impressive success stories about salmon recovery in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Speaking of fish, we chat with Chris Bradley, co-owner of the StoneFly Fly Shop in Butte, Montana, about some places you may want to wet a line in SW Montana this fall and tactics you can use on northwest streams to hook into hefty trout.
In addition to this we’ll be talking to Mack’s Pro Staffer and outdoors author Wes Malmberg about trolling smile blade flies for trout and David Sparks is helping you call in elk this week on Sportsman’s Spotlight! Find out more about the show at Northwestern Outdoors – NORTHWESTERN OUTDOORS RADIO